TRAVEL OPTIONS FROM LA PAZ TO SUCRE
Bus Tickets Peru offers several bus travel options to make this journey:
- Direct trip: You can travel directly from La Paz to Sucre. It takes about 12 hours, direct buses leave La Paz at 7:30pm and arrive in La Paz at around 7:30am the next day. Buses make one stop midway for passengers to purchase snacks and refreshments. The bus company offering this service is Trans Copacabana S.A. (lie-flat bus).
- Trip with stopover: The other option is to stop in Potosi. The journey to Potosi takes 10 hours and then it’s another 3 hours from Potosi to Sucre. Potosi is a beautiful colonial town full of history and dominated by the imposing Cerro Rico. The bus companies doing this route are Trans Emperador and Trans Copacabana S.A.
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THINGS TO DO IN SUCRE
- Convento de San Felipe Neri: This former monastery is a charming colonial building which represents everything that visitors love about Sucre. Pass through its sunny courtyard and climb up to the rooftop terrace to see for yourself why this is known as the White City.
- Parque Cretácico: This dinosaur park was built to showcase a selection of well preserved, prehistoric footprints. It also has an extensive selection of life-size dinosaur models and a small but informative museum.
- Casa de Libertad: Located right on the main plaza, this museum pays homage to the most important moment in the country. It was here in 1825 that Bolivia declared its independence, and the original document is on display. This marked the birth of a nation that they named after Simon Bolivar, their most famous liberator.
- Study Spanish: Sucre is a very popular place to study Spanish. Not only are classes cheap (as little as US$6 per hour for individuals) but Bolivian Spanish is known for its clarity and for being spoken with an accent that’s easy to understand.
- Museum of Indigenous Art (ASUR): Textiles and ceramic pieces of great antiquity are on exhibit and especially highlighting a collection unique to Bolivia from the Tiwanaku culture. The music showroom exhibits dance, costumes and Andean musical instruments accompanied by information concerning the role that music plays in Andean cultures.
- Museum of Ethnographic and Folklore: Visitors to the MUSEF can learn about traditional dances, ethnic groups, history and customs by watching a collection of short videos in the audio-visual library. There is a mask museum, a permanent exhibition dedicated to the Uru Chipaya culture. MUSEF also has three temporary exhibition halls dedicated to art, photography, ethnographic goods, paintings and various archaeological items from around Sucre. Entry is free.
- Maragua Crater: This trek will take you along the Cordillera de Los Frailes and let you explore the spectacular crater of Maragua, and will show you about a hundred amazing dinosaur footprints from up close. You can do a one day, two day or three day trek to the crater.
- Accommodation: From fun hostels and friendly homestays to luxurious lodgings and comfortable apartments, there are a range of accommodation options in Sucre to suit every travel style and budget.
- Restaurants: The cuisine of the department of Chuquisaca, of which Sucre is the capital, is characterized by the skillful use of ingredients such as red pepper or yellow chili ground in their recipes. Chorizo chuquisaqueño, mondongo, qóqo, are some typical dishes of this Bolivian region.